Tankless Water Heaters
Continuous flow, on-demand, instant-on water heater, instantaneous – the tankless water heater goes by many names. These units can be installed in multiple places in a home, as they don’t take up much room. Ask your Old World Plumbing plumber if a tankless system is the one for you. Many homeowners in Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage Counties found that they are and they are thankful for their tankless systems.
High-efficiency tankless water heater services in Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage counties
As the name implies, there is no tank of water involved in a tankless water heater. The water simply runs through a heat exchanger coil, usually made of copper for its high thermal conductivity, and comes out of the faucet hot.
Old World Plumbing offers a number of tankless system services ranging from installation to maintenance, repair and replacement.
Tankless water heater installationWhile tankless systems are smaller and easier to wield than electric and gas heaters, they are complex devices to install, which is why a professional plumber is needed.
Tankless water heater repairsThere may come a day when the heating element needs to be repaired or replaced, and this is most recognizable when the unit suddenly stops producing hot water. Pipes and valves can also suffer from buildup over time, which needs to be remedied by a professional plumber.
Tankless water heater replacementMany tankless water heater manufacturers build them to last, often for two or more decades. However, nothing lasts forever. If you’ve gone through a number of repairs over the last few years, you plumber will probably recommend replacing the unit.
Tankless water heater maintenanceFor residents with hard water, which contains high amounts of minerals that can negatively impact a tankless heater’s performance, an annual maintenance routine is a smart move. Even if you don’t have hard water, other issues can pop up unexpectedly, which is why it’s recommended that you schedule maintenance annually.
The advantages for installing a new tankless water heater
You might pay more for a tankless water heater than you will for a gas or electric heater, but many homeowners in Kane, Kendall, Cook and DuPage Counties are happy with their return on investment. Many report a 25 percent savings on their water heating costs as the energy loss for a tankless system is only around 5 percent, compared to 30 percent with systems that have tanks.
In addition to its long lifespan, tankless systems also bring the benefit of compact size, allowing it to be installed in properties that aren’t a good fit for larger gas and electric systems. Another great aspect of the tankless system is that you don’t have to worry about the hot water taking on off flavors from sitting in a tank, which means you can use it for cooking.
Tankless water heaters problems
Both tankless and traditional water heater systems can experience similar problems. An unexpected inability to provide hot water due to various issues is probably the most common, typically due to a lack of proactive maintenance. Leaking and cracked pipes, bad valves and internal issues are also common.
Venting issues, gas supply issues, mineral buildup and a delay in hot water delivery are potential problems that are unique to tankless systems.
Gas supply or venting issuesFor tankless systems that use gas as a heating source, it’s important for the fumes to be vented. If you’re using propane, the tank might run dry.
Mineral buildupA common problem with many tankless systems is that mineral buildup will occur over time due to hard water and potentially damage your system. It’s recommended that owners flush the internal piping annually or use water softener to slow down the scaling buildup.
Cold waterIt takes a few seconds for the heater to kick in, which means you’ll get some cold water at first when turning on a faucet or appliance. Sometimes, warm water will still be in the line from previous use and that will come through first, followed by a brief rush of cold water before it heats up again.
If you need help with these or other problems, call on Old World Plumbing for a thorough inspection.
When should the water heater be repaired?
The moment your tankless water heater stops sending hot water, makes odd noises or works abnormally, you need to call a plumber to inspect the system. There could be any number of issues going on that affects its usability. However, don’t try to make any repairs on your own – always call a professional.
Need a tankless water heater replacement, repairs or emergency plumbing services?
There is more than just one type of tankless water heater. There are three things to consider that will help you make your decision on which type to have installed. First, would you prefer an electric or gas model? If you’re leaning toward electric, you have to consider the requirements regarding amperage and voltage. If it’s gas you want, you need to consider where the fumes will be vented and if you have existing gas lines that can be run to your heater.
You’ll also have to consider the size of the unit or if will benefit you to have multiple units. However, keep in mind that you don’t have to make these decisions all by yourself – Old World Plumbing is here to assist. Call us at (630) 315-0888 and we’ll walk you through the process from making the decision to installing it for you. Also, we’re available 24/7. If you have an emergency, we’ll take care of it, regardless of the time of day or night.